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INSCRIBED TO LADY LANGHAM, Widow of Sir JOHN LANGHAM, Baronet.
"Unum ftudium verè liberale eft, quod liberum facit. "Hoc fapientiæ ftudium eft, fublime, forte, mag"nanimum: cætera pufilla & puerilia funt.- Plus "fcire velle quàm fit fatis intemperantiæ genus eft. Quid, quòd ifta liberalium artium confectatio "moleftos, verbofos, intempeftivos, fibi placentes "facit, & ideo non dicentes neceffaria, quia fupervacua didicerunt." SEN. Ep. 88.
GOODLY difcipline! from heaven y-fprong! Parent of Science, queen of Arts refin'd! To whom the Graces, and the Nine belong : O bid thofe Graces, in fair chorus join'd
With each bright Virtue that adorns the mind! O bid the Mufes, thine harmonious train, Who by thy aid erst humaniz'd mankind, Inspire, direct, and moralize the strain, That doth effay to teach thy treasures how to gain ! And thou, whofe pious and maternal care, The substitute of heavenly Providence, With tendereft love my orphan life did rear, And train me up to manly strength and sense; With mildeft awe, and virtuous influence, Directing my unpractis'd wayward feet
To the fmooth walks of Truth and Innocence; Where Happinefs heart-felt, Contentment fweet, Philosophy divine, aye hold their blest retreat.
Thou, most belov'd, moft honour'd, moft rever'd!
Accept this verfe, to thy large merit due!
And blame me not, if, by each tye endear'd,
Of nature, gratitude, and friendship true,
I bring thy modeft virtues into view;
And proudly boaft that from thy precious flore, Which erft enrich'd my heart, I drew this facred lore.
And thus, I ween, thus fhall I beft repay
I labour to diffufe th' important good,
Till this great truth by all be understood,
"Our parents, friends, our country and our God; “The feeds of every virtue here below, From difcipline alone, and early, culture, grow."
AR GU M E. N T.
The Knight, as to * Pædîa's houfe
Is ftaid by Cuftom; with him fights,,
Gentle Knight there was, whofe noble deeds
For warlike enterprize, and fage † areeds
Among the chief alike was he renown'd;
That port, to which the wife are ever bound,
Pædia is a Greek word, fignifying education.
There in domeftic virtue rich and great
The lord, the judge, the father of the plain,
From this fair union, not of fordid gain,
True fource of lineal virtue, fprung a train
Of youths and virgins; like the beauteous grove,
The † guerdons of bold strength and swift activity.
So round their noble parents goodly rofe
These generous fcyons: they with watchful care
* Parent tree, the facred olive.] This tree grew in the Altis, or facred grove of Olympick Jupiter at Olympia, having, as the Eleans pretended, been originally planted there by Hercules. It was efteemed facred, and from that were taken the Olympick crowns. + Guerdons, rewards.
With prudent culture the young shoots to rear:
They by a palmer fage inftructed were,
Who from deep thought and ftudious search erewhile Had learnt to mend the heart, and till the human foil. V.
For by celeftial Wisdom whilom led
Through all th' apartments of th' immortal mind,
And how sensation and reflection join'd
Their various masks they play'd, and fed her penfive thought.
Alfe through the fields of Science had he stray'd With eager search, and fent his piercing eye Through each learn'd school, each philofophic fhade, Where Truth and Virtue erft were deem'd to lie; If haply the fair vagrants he § mote spy, Or hear the mufic of their charming lore: But all unable there to fatisfy
His curious foul, he turn'd him to explore
The facred writ of Faith; to learn, believe, adore.
* Palmer, pilgrim. The perfon here fignified is Mr. Locke, characterized by his works.
Sted, place, station.
Alfe, alfo, further.